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Ireland Number One in Europe for Volunteering: Let’s Aim for Number One in the World

The latest World Giving Index (Nov 2015) by the Charities Aid Foundation has been published  and it ranks Ireland as number one in Europe in terms of volunteering time.

Ireland once again ranks in the top ten on the overall index, coming in at ninth in the world and second in Europe behind the UK. The index is based on three criteria: helping a stranger, donating money and volunteering time. Ireland comes in at number one in Europe for volunteering, ranking seventh globally.

The Irish people have always been very generous with their time and that is evidenced once again by this index. However, it is important that we don’t become complacent and continue to build on our great culture. There is no reason why Ireland shouldn’t aim to be number one in the world for volunteering.


According to Terri Doherty, Co-ordinator, Longford Volunteer Centre“We are lucky to have a great culture of volunteering in this country but we can never have too many volunteers! Volunteers contribute to every aspect of Irish society and this country would look very different without them. The nature of volunteering has changed so much in recent years that there really is a volunteering role for everyone. Not every role requires a long-term commitment and some don’t even require a physical presence. We are seeing more and more once off and short term volunteering opportunities. There is even some volunteering that can be done in the comfort of your own home. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about volunteering to get in touch and see what is out there.”